Lettre Ulysses Award for the art of reportage

The Organizers


The Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage is made possible by the Foundation Lettre International Award, which is a joint partnership between the Aventis Foundation and the German edition of Lettre International. The Goethe-Institut cooperates with the project.

Lettre International is ...

an international and interdisciplinary publication that was first published in France in 1984.

a unique intellectual forum connecting several independent editorial boards in Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, and Spain, all publishing in their respective languages.

a medium with a trans-cultural network of contributors, contacts, and publications worldwide.

a cultural publication that is exclusively orientated towards quality, as opposed to fashion, sensationalism or celebrity stories. In general, the editorial policy of Lettre International is to publish articles that are well-researched, and material that is original and fresh in outlook.

an important platform within the cultural and creative world, and an influential cultural paper for opinion makers.

Lettre International, German edition is ...

considered to be one of today's leading German cultural publications. Outstanding artists, writers, journalists, poets and scientists contribute to it from all over the world. In each issue, contrasting temperaments and cultures of the world coalesce to form a powerful intellectual presence, making Lettre International one of the most important platforms for the cultural and creative world.

a publication that initiates cutting edge concepts for the advancement of world consciousness by bringing together diverse perspectives from the realms of economics, politics, art, and literature.

a focal point for creative ideas, that draws upon extensive experience to develop innovative and successful projects world-wide.

Lettre Projects

Apart from its regular publication, from time to time Lettre initiates projects on an international scale in co-operation with prominent cultural institutions.

Completed Projects

Homage à Sarajevo (1995), in co-operation with the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs

First Worldwide International Essay Prize Contest (1997 to 1999), in co-operation with Weimar 1999, Cultural Capital of Europe and the Goethe-Institut (1997-1999)

World Reporters: Eye-Witnesses to History (1998), in co-operation with the House of the Cultures of the World Berlin

Citizens of the Worlds: Lectures (1998 to 2000), in co-operation with the Weltenbürger e.V., and Volkswagen AG

Borders (2001), a photo/text exhibition and a book, in co-operation with the Swiss cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia (2001)

The Shock of September 11th: The Mystery of the Other. An art exhibition and a book, with 30 international artists (2002), in co-operation with Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

Experiences of the World: Neuhardenberg Lectures (2002 to 2003) in co-operation with Stiftung Schloß Neuhardenberg

The Einstein-Komplex (2005): The book is a mixture of literary texts, poems, memories, long reflections and short one-liners that convey the Einstein phenomenon in a very personal way, in co-operation with Büro Einsteinjahr.


Lettre International, Berlin.
Frank Berberich (Editor in Chief), Esther Gallodoro (Projects)
Erkelenzdamm 59-61, Portal 3B,
10999 Berlin
Tel. + 49 (0)30-308 704 52/-61
Fax + 49 (0)30 283 31 28
E-Mail: lettre@lettre.de
Homepage: www.lettre.de

The Aventis Foundation is a German charitable trust established by a predecessor of sanofi-aventis, a world leader in pharmaceuticals. The Aventis Foundation serves to promote music, theater, art, and literature, projects in the social and political arena with a focus on healthcare, as well as science, research, and higher education. For more information visit the website at www.aventis-foundation.org


Aventis Foundation, Eugen Müller, Industriepark Höchst, Geb. F 821
D-65926 Frankfurt/M.

Our Partner

The Goethe-Institut (founded in 1951) is the Federal Republic of Germany’s worldwide cultural institute. It has a network of 3,049 employees in 144 cultural institutes in 80 countries. The Goethe-Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and encourages international cultural co-operation.  It also conveys a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.
Together with its partners, which include cultural bodies from both the public and private sectors, the German federal states, local authorities and businesses, the Goethe-Institut produces a programme of cultural events encompassing the arts, society, education, science, media and information.
Each year around 175,000 learners of German enrol for courses at the Goethe-Institut in Germany and abroad.  In addition, approximately 1,500 foreign guests take part in information and networking trips as part of the visitors’ programme organised on behalf of the German Foreign Office.
Information on Germany’s language, culture and society is also offered in the form of books, magazines, feature films and documentaries produced by the Goethe-Institut.
The Forum Goethe-Institut, based in Munich and Berlin, also presents the German public with elements of the cultural programmes and main areas of work being carried out by the Goethe-Institut abroad, thus promoting international cultural debate.
The Goethe-Institut is funded by the German Foreign Office, by sponsors and through its own income.

President:  Dr. Jutta Limbach
Secretary General:  Dr. Hans-Georg Knopp


The Goethe-Institut Hauptstadtbüro, Neue Schönhauser Str. 20, 10178 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0)30 259 06-473, Fax: +49 (0)30 259 06-565

E-mail: hauptstadtbuero@goethe.de
Website: http://www.goethe.de/hauptstadtbuero

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"When a writer goes to a conflict, he is not part of the country, but he has a heart, he has humanity, vision, and then from Ramallah to Jamaica, he can describe the suffering of people."Gamal Al-Ghitany (jury member 2005 & 2006)